Skip to main content

TV in the Bedroom?

photo credit: re-nest.com


When I moved to my new house and began making arrangements for the utilities, I faced the inevitable question: should I have a TV in the bedroom?

In my previous homes, I always had a television in the bedroom. When I got into bed at night, the first thing I did was turn on the TV to provide background noise while I read and then fell asleep. When I woke up in the morning, the first thing I did was turn on the TV to watch the morning news while I slowly woke up.

In my last home (my first home in Evergreen), the Swedish Farmhouse, I found myself having a difficult time falling asleep at night, and often I would wake up through the night at 1a.m, 3a.m., 5a.m. I didn't know what to do with myself through these sleepless nights, so I turned on the TV and relied on it to lull me back to sleep. More often than not, it worked, but I was concerned that I wasn't getting a restful sleep with the white noise of news chatter in the background. In fact, I was miserable and exhausted from the lack of sleep.

When the friendly guys from DirectTV arrived at my current home to install the satellite boxes in rooms with TVs, I asked them to skip my bedroom. They actually looked surprised, and just for safety's sake, they installed an outlet in the room, in case I changed my mind.

But I decided to conduct my own little sleep experiment. I knew I wasn't sleeping well with the background music of TV lulling me to sleep throughout the night. How would I fare without a TV in my room? How would I deal with the dark silence after I turned off the lights? Would I ever get a full night's sleep again?

As it's turned out, I've done quite well. I actually go to bed earlier than in the past and I look forward to it. Why? Because this has now become one of my daily reading times. Instead of getting into bed and turning on the TV, I now get into bed and pick up a book and start reading. I read until I get sleepy, then turn off the light, and more often then not, I'm sound asleep in minutes. Yes, I do still wake up through the night....but it seems less often, and less pronounced now. I also find myself waking earlier and feeling more refreshed in the morning.

When I was looking for images for this article, I googled 'tv in the bedroom' and found that I'm not the only one who has studied this phenomena. A 2006 study in Italy found that couples who have a TV in the bedroom have less sex, another study in 2008 found that children with TVs in their rooms are less social, especially with other members of the family! I think I'm on to something!

It's your turn, now.....TV in the bedroom, yes or no?

And what do you do before bed to assure a restful night's sleep? (besides THAT...).

Comments

Anonymous said…
No TV for us. We only use our bedroom for a couple of things and TV is not one of them. ;)

I like to read in bed before going to sleep, but I don't sleep much. Five hours tops.
larramiefg said…
I have a TV in my bedroom but never watch it while 'm in bed. Instead I read as you do, close the book, turn off the light and fall asleep quickly.
Anonymous said…
No TV in the bedroom. And no TV anywhere else in the house either. People think I'm weird. Don't miss it, except for the odd documentary when I ask someone to record it for me. I find TV wastes in inordinate amount of time...even if it's just 'goof off' time.
Anonymous said…
No tv at all. I find I can watch anything I'd like to see on my laptop--and then close it and put it away! :-)

Popular posts from this blog

Collard Greens with White Beans - A Vegetarian Take on a Classic

Could a vegetarian version of collard greens ever compete with the traditional goodness of collard greens cooked with a smoked ham hock?

I was skeptical until I made this recipe. It is every bit as delicious. Taking the place of the ham hock is the rind of parmesan or other hard cheese. I keep a small plastic bag of cheese rinds in the freezer, they are the perfect flavor enhancer of stocks and soups, and now collard greens.

Similar recipes call for dried beans, but sine I live 10,400 feet above sea level, dried beans are always a challenge unless I'm using a pressure cooker. For this recipe, I opted for canned beans and am just as happy as can be.

This recipe is quick, easy, delicious, and so rich and satisfying a bowlful with a slice of garlicky olive oil toasted bread makes the perfect week night dinner. It is also a satisfying side dish.

Let's get cooking!

Ingredients:
1 bunch of collard greens, touch center stems removes, leaves torn into large pieces
1 14 oz can of Nort…

Open to the Spirit - Book Review

Open to the Sprit is like reading a letter from a friend. McKnight writes a very accessible introduction to the Holy Spirit and its role in our spiritual life. McKnight uses several stories from his life and others to share how the Holy Spirit consoles and deepens our daily spiritual walk. A terrific book for those seeking an introduction to a relationship with the Holy Spirit.

Dinner with Julia

What do Ina Garten and Martha Stewart have in common? Both women describe cooking through Julia Child’s Mastering the Art of French Cooking when they were young as foundation to learning to cook.
Julia Child is an inspiration to most home cooks of a certain age. I found her so inspiring that at one time, I had all of her cookbooks, including a first edition of Mastering the Art of French Cooking, and had read almost every biography written about her, My Life in France, being my favorite. And yet! I confess that until this week, my cooking adventures in Mastering were limited to her omelet recipe, her iconic recipes for onion soup and Beef Bourguignon.
When the Food52 Cookbook Club on Facebook chose Mastering as its cookbook for the month, I jumped at the chance to finally use Julia’s first cookbook for its intended purpose.
I decided to start with something easy, a poached egg. I purchased the best organic eggs I could afford, read the recipe several times, and began. After I’d tur…